This Week in Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics
April 19, 2010
Host: University of Florida
Stephen C. O’Connell Center - Gainesville, Fla.
Thurs., April 22 - 1 p.m. ET Semifinal #1
Thurs., April 22 - 7 p.m. ET Semifinal #2
Fri., April 23 - 6 p.m. ET Super Six
Sat., April 24 - 6 p.m. ET Individual Events Finals
All-Around Individual Qualifies (Pac-10 only)
Mary Atkinson, ASU Los Angeles 39.075
Denna Graham, ARIZ Los Angeles 39.035
Kristen Linton, WASH Salt Lake City 9.900
Samantha Walior, WASH Salt Lake City 9.900
ARIZONA: SO Deanna Graham earned the honor of competing in this year’s NCAA Championship in the individual all-around competition after posting a score of 39.025 in the Los Angeles Regional last week. As a team, the Wildcats placed third with a team score of 195.1. FR Molly Quirk tied a personal best of 9.80 on floor.
ARIZONA STATE: With an all-around score of 39.075, JR Mary Atkinson became the first Sun Devil since April Boone in 2005 to qualify as an individual in the all-around for the NCAA Championships. ASU has been represented at 25 of 29 NCAA Championships. Atkinson will be the first ASU gymnast since 2006 to attend the NCAA Championships.
CALIFORNIA: JR Avery Gee earned second team All-Pac-10 in the all-around. Gee, SR Sophia Hocini, SO Shana Johnson and SO Alexandra Leggitt all earned honorable mention for the Pac-10 All-Academic team.
OREGON STATE: For the first time during the 2010 season, the Beavers hit 24 of 24 rountines to tie for second at the Columbia Regional. Due to the tiebreaker, OSU edged out Georgia to advance to the NCAA Championships. With the win over the Bulldogs, it marked the first time since 1985 that the Beavers defeated Georgia. Head coach Tanya Chaplin was selected as Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the fourth time in her career, FR Makalya Stambaugh earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors.
STANFORD: After capturing its fifth regional title with a score of 196.775, the Cardinal is advancing to its four-straight NCAA Championships. JR Shelley Alexander won the vault with a score of 9.95 and the beam with a score of 9.9 to pace Stanford. The Cardinal have reached the Super Six four times under head coach Kristen Smyth. Stanford’s event order will be the same as its past two meets, the Pac-10 Championships and the Morgantown Regional.
UCLA: The five-time NCAA Champion Bruins dominated the Los Angeles Regional with a team score of 197.825 to advance to the NCAA Championships. SR Anna Li recorded her second-straight perfect 10 on bars. Li also posted a career-high 39.65 in the all-around for second in the meet behind teammate SO Vanessa Zamarripa, who scored a 39.675. The last time the Super Six was held in Gainesville, Fla. was 1997, the year UCLA walked away as champions. Zamarripa became the sixth sophomore in Pac-10 history to be named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year.
WASHINGTON: For the first time since 2003, the Huskies will send more than one gymnast to the NCAA Championships.JR Kristen Linton and JR Samantha Walior eached scored a 9.9 on floor to tie for the individual title. The score marked a career high for Linton and tied a personal best for Walior. The pair became Washington’s first regional champions since Carly Dockendorf in 2004.
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